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The Moustaches of 'Maurice'

by Murtada

Do you not think that Maurice’s moustache would be the making of him?

No. It’s revolting.

This exchange about an hour into Merchant-Ivory’s 1987 classic gem Maurice, made me laugh so hard. There are so many moustaches in Maurice. It must’ve been the fashion in Edwardian England. But Hugh Grant’s Clive Durham is right, Maurice’s is revolting. But then how come later on he grows one even more revolting. In the world of Maurice, moustaches are the ultimate boner killers.

Maurice (James Wilby) and Grant’s Clive meet when they are students at Cambridge in 1909 and fall in love. Their relationship means a bit more to Maurice, he’s so smitten. And who wouldn’t be infatuated with Grant at the height of his floppy haired gorgeousness. Clive though always keeps him at an arm’s length, never succumbing to carnality. And we
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Interview: James Ivory on "Maurice" Turning 30

By Jose Solís.

Can you believe Maurice came out 30 years ago? James Ivory’s film adaptation of E.M. Forster’s novel was released in the fall of 1987, a year after the Oscar winning A Room with a View. While it was never as celebrated as the former, throughout the years it’s come to be more highly regarded for its groundbreaking Lgbtq romance, and as the film that launched Hugh Grant’s screen career.

The tale of forbidden love between the title character (played by James Wilby) and a male servant (Rupert Graves) is filled with pithy dialogue, handsome actors and a then unparalleled sensuality when it comes to conveying gay romance. Its influence can be seen in countless films that came after it, yet for decades it remained the happiest of Lgbtq screen romances. That's a position I discussed with Mr. Ivory as the film is being re-released in
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First look at Rob Brydon in comedy 'Swimming With Men'

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First look at Rob Brydon in comedy 'Swimming With Men'
Exclusive: Oliver Parker is directing the synchronised swimming comedy.

Screen can reveal the first look at Dad’s Army director Oliver Parker’s comedy Swimming With Men, produced by Stewart le Maréchal and Anna Mohr-Pietsch (The Infidel) of Met Film and Maggie Monteith of Dignity Film Finance (Brotherhood), in association with Amp Film.

Aschlin Ditta wrote the screenplay.

Exec producers include Paul Webster (Atonement) and Guy Heeley (Locke) of Shoebox Films and Al Morrow (Sour Grapes) and Jonny Persey (Little Ashes) of Met Film. Umedia are also on board as co-producers and financiers

The picture depicts (from left) Thomas Turgoose (This is England), Jim Carter (Downton Abbey), Daniel Mays (Rogue One), Adeel Akhtar (The Night Manager), Rob Brydon (The Trip) and Rupert Graves (Sherlock).

Also starring are Charlotte Riley (Edge Of Tomorrow) and Jane Horrocks (Little Voice).

HanWay handles sales on the movie, currently in production, about a man (Brydon) who finds new meaning in his life
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Rob Brydon squeezes into budgie smugglers to start filming on Swimming with Men

  • HeyUGuys
Author: Zehra Phelan

Rob Brydon has squeezed into those budgie smugglers he has tucked at the back of his drawers to start filming on the upcoming British comedy Swimming with Men alongside a pretty decent cast which includes Charlotte Riley ad Daniel Mays.

The production which is underway today in pools across London, Hertfordshire and Essex, is said to be a heart-warming comedy about a man in the throes of a mid-life crisis who finds meaning in the most unlikely of places: an all-male, middle-aged, amateur synchronised swimming team.

At the heart of the story is Eric, a 40-something stuck in a rut. With his marriage in tatters and his life generally going to pieces, Eric finds unexpected refuge in the company of a motley crew of middle-aged, slightly saggy men, who meet up once a week at the local municipal pool literally and figuratively to tread water together.

Eric
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Oliver Parker’s ‘Swimming With Men,’ Starring Rob Brydon, Adds to Cast (Exclusive)

Oliver Parker’s ‘Swimming With Men,’ Starring Rob Brydon, Adds to Cast (Exclusive)
Oliver Parker’s synchronized-swimming comedy “Swimming With Men,” which stars Rob Brydon (“The Huntsman: Winter’s War”), has rounded out its cast, with “Downton Abbey’s” Jim Carter, “Sherlock’s” Rupert Graves and “Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie’s” Jane Horrocks among those boarding the film. HanWay Films is selling the pic.

The cast also includes Adeel Akhtar, Daniel Mays, Charlotte Riley, Thomas Turgoose, and Nathaniel Parker. Principal photography started Tuesday in London, Hertfordshire and Essex.

The film tells the story of a man suffering a mid-life crisis (Brydon) who finds new meaning to his life as part of an all-male, middle-aged, amateur synchronized swimming team.

“‘Swimming With Men’ has the DNA of some of our most beloved British comedies, from ‘The Full Monty’ to ‘Calendar Girls,” said HanWay’s managing director Gabrielle Stewart. “If just half of the fun we have seen in practice in the pool these last few weeks translates onto the screen,
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Hugh Grant Falls in Forbidden Love in Restoration Trailer for James Ivory’s ‘Maurice’

In 1987, James Ivory‘s Maurice first premiered at the Venice Film Festival, where he picked up the Silver Lion award as Best Director. Thirty years later, the Cohen Media Group has acquired the rights for the Merchant Ivory Production and will be revitalizing the gay period romance with a brand-new 4K restoration.

Starring James Wilby and Hugh Grant as two undergraduate students at Cambridge University, it follows the two characters, Maurice and Clive, as they fell in love at the University during a time when homosexuality in England was a punishable offense by the law. Judging from the preview, it looks to be a gorgeous restoration following recent previous Ivory re-releases.

Check out the trailer and poster below via Indiewire.

Set against the stifling conformity of pre-World War I English society, E.M. Forster’s Maurice is a story of coming to terms with one’s sexuality and identity in the face of disapproval and misunderstanding.
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‘Maurice’ 4K Restoration Exclusive Trailer & Poster: James Ivory’s Gay-Themed Drama Returns to the Big Screen 30 Years Later

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‘Maurice’ 4K Restoration Exclusive Trailer & Poster: James Ivory’s Gay-Themed Drama Returns to the Big Screen 30 Years Later
It’s been 30 years since we last saw James Wilby and Hugh Grant fall in love on the screen in James Ivory’s beautiful gay-themed film “Maurice.” Now, Cohen Media Group —which has acquired 30 titles from the Merchant Ivory Productions library— is releasing a brand new 4K restoration of the 1987 romantic drama, which will screen next month at New York City’s historic Quad Cinema, following the theater’s reopening this Friday, April 14.

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Based on E.M. Forster’s 1971 novel by the same name, “Maurice” followed the story of two undergraduate Cambridge students, Maurice (Wilby) and Clive (Grant), who fall in love at a time when any reference of homosexuality at the English university was omitted and same-sex relationships was punishable by the law.

The film also starred Rupert Graves and Ben Kingsleyco.
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Sherlock Review: The Final Problem

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Well, wow. Sherlock Season 4 Episode 3 was intense. There were a lot of revelations, twists and callbacks, and it was one of the best character studies this show has offered to date. Again, there were fantastic performances from all involved.

That said, Euros' story, or the execution of it, might have been too much for Sherlock's own good. The plot itself left us as many questions as it did answers, which makes it much less satisfying than if it had been a simpler but more compact story.

Let's start with what was great about Sherlock Season 4 Episode 3. This installment was one of the best ones to allow us to dive into who these people are, who they have become. Practically every moment, every scene revealed something about these characters.

We learned that the Holmes family can't just have a conversation, but resorts to experiments on each other to learn the
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Sherlock Series 4 Episode 1 Review – ‘The Six Thatchers’

Tori Brazier reviews the first episode of the eagerly-awaited fourth series of Sherlock

It’s been three years since the last series of Sherlock aired, and with suggestions that this fourth run could be the last, expectations are at their peak. Last January the BBC aired a one-off, stand-alone Victorian-set Sherlock caper – ‘The Abominable Bride’ – to a mixed reception. The scope was vast, the timelines Inception-esque in their confusion, and the production design deliciously gothic and macabre. Things then ended rather disappointingly when the episode seemed to suggest – rather bizarrely – that feminism was the ‘bad guy’…?

‘The Six Thatchers’ follows on directly from the frantic and high-speed events of 2014’s series finale, and the government (i.e. Mark Gatiss’s smarmy Mycroft) are in cover-up mode when it comes to the death of blackmailer Magnussen. That storyline tidily disposed of, things zoom forward through Mary’s pregnancy and the birth
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Sherlock: Season Four Brings Big Ratings for BBC

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Sherlock is back with a bang. Deadline reports the season four premiere brought in big ratings for BBC One.The popular UK drama, which airs on PBS in the United States, stars Benedict Cumberbatch as the world's most famous consulting detective, Sherlock Holmes. The cast also includes Martin Freeman, Una Stubbs, Rupert Graves, Louise Brealey, Mark Gatiss, and Amanda Abbington.Read More…
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Sherlock: Cast Talks About Parenthood and Mary's Secret Past in New Teasers

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Do you think Sherlock would make a good babysitter? This week, PBS released new interviews with the cast of Sherlock about season three of the BBC TV series.Season three will see the return of the world's most famous consulting detective, Sherlock Holmes (Benedict Cumberbatch), Dr. John Watson (Martin Freeman), and fellow regular cast members Rupert Graves, Mark Gatiss, Una Stubbs, Louise Brealey, and Amanda Abbington.Read More…
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Synopsis for Sherlock series 4 episode 2 – ‘The Lying Detective’

Sherlock returns this Sunday as the fourth series gets underway with ‘The Six Thatchers’, but the BBC is already teasing us with what’s in store the following week with the release of an official synopsis for the second episode ‘The Lying Detective’.

In episode two of this new series, written by Steven Moffat, Sherlock faces perhaps the most chilling enemy of his long career: the powerful and seemingly unassailable Culverton Smith – a man with a very dark secret indeed.

Benedict Cumberbatch returns as Sherlock Holmes, with Martin Freeman as John Watson, Mark Gatiss as Mycroft, Rupert Graves as Inspector Lestrade, Una Stubbs as Mrs Hudson, Amanda Abbington as Mary Watson, Louise Brealey as Molly Hooper and Toby Jones as Culverton Smith.
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Sherlock: Series Co-Creator Discusses Season Five Chances

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Will there be more Sherlock? Recently, co-creator Mark Gatiss spoke with TVLine about the future of the BBC TV series.Season four of the mystery drama, which airs on PBS in the United States, premieres on January 1st. Regular cast members Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman, Rupert Graves, Mark Gatiss, Una Stubbs, Louise Brealey, and Amanda Abbington are all returning.Read More…
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Sherlock: Not Ending; Season Five Possible Says Ep

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Sherlock TV showrunner Steven Moffat says a fifth season of the mystery drama could still find its way to PBS Masterpiece and BBC One. For months we've come across (and reported on) stories that it is possible there will be no season five. EW pinpoints star Benedict Cumberbatch's earlier comments as the source of the idea that Sherlock will end with season four.Back in October, we reported Cumberbatch said it felt like the end of an era. Admittedly, the actor's comments were not definitive. He certainly allowed for additional seasons of Sherlock on PBS and BBC One. Cumberbatch said he would love to keep revisiting the modern-day adaptation of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's consulting detective stories. Sherlock also stars Martin Freeman, Rupert Graves, Mark Gatiss, Una Stubbs, Louise Brealey, and Amanda Abbington.Read More…
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Sherlock Series 4 Trailer 2: It’s Not A Game Anymore

  • LRM Online
After a lengthy hiatus, our favorite opiate addicted "high-functioning sociopath" returns to the telly on Jan 1st 2017 with episode 1 "The Six Thatchers," and then episode 2 on Jan 8th entitled "The Lying Detective," followed by episode 3 "The Final Problem" on January 15th.  And that's it for series 4.  

If you aren't familiar with Sherlock or British television, the way television is done in England is different than what you may be accustomed to with the standard American 10-16 episode seasons.  Often, seasons are referred to as a "series" overseas, and many are 6 episodes in length, especially for a major drama.  Sherlock episodes are basically TV movies running around two hours each, and they may be months are even years apart.  This is no surprise considering the fame of both Benedict Cumberbatch (Sherlock Holmes) and Martin Freeman (Dr. John Watson) making it difficult to coordinate their schedules.    

The second trailer does not give
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Here’s another little look at ‘Sherlock: Season 4’

One month to go until 2017 and one month to ho until the new season of Sherlock. Season four will kick off on the BBC on New Year’s Day and we’ve got a little look at the new series courtesy of some short teasers for you.

The first video is essentially a motion poster (we like it), and the second a minute and a half teaser of the new episodes. The entire series (3 episodes) will air throughout January on BBC One in the UK and on PBS Stateside.

Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman, Mark Gatiss, Louise Brealey, Rupert Graves, Una Stubbs, Andrew Scott, Amanda Abbington and Toby Jones star.

The post Here’s another little look at ‘Sherlock: Season 4’ appeared first on The Hollywood News.
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Doctor Who 2016 Christmas Special Is Coming to Theaters

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Doctor Who 2016 Christmas Special Is Coming to Theaters
Listen up, Doctor Who and Sherlock fans! Both shows are heading to the big screen in December. Fathom Events is planning a two-night only screening of the 2016 Doctor Who Christmas Special. And Sherlock: The Abominable Bride is making its way back to the big screen for a second time. Fathom Events has given us the official details, which you can read here in the official PR.

The New Doctor Who Christmas Special The Return of Doctor Mysterio is coming to cinemas for Two Nights Only December 27 & 29. The Return of Doctor Mysterio will be in movie theaters nationwide for two nights only on Tuesday, December 27 and Thursday, December 29, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. local time both days.

The event will include the full 60-minute special plus two exclusive bonus features, A New Kind of Superhero, giving a special inside look at Doctor Who's concept of a modern superhero, and a special Christmas Doctor Who Extra,
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Sherlock: No Season Five? Benedict Cumberbatch Hints About the End

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Is Sherlock finally retiring? Recently, star Benedict Cumberbatch told GQ that season four might be the end for the popular BBC/PBS series, TVLine reports.Season four of the detective drama will see Holmes (Cumberbatch) and Watson (Martin Freeman) take on three new mysteries. The cast also includes Rupert Graves, Mark Gatiss, Una Stubbs, Louise Brealey, and Amanda Abbington.Read More…
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Sherlock: Season Four Episode Titles Released

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The new season of Sherlock is getting closer and closer. Recently, the BBC released some of the episode titles for season four of the detective series, EW reports.The UK drama stars Benedict Cumberbatch as the titular detective, who solves mysteries with his friend John Watson (Martin Freeman). Rupert Graves, Mark Gatiss, Una Stubbs, Louise Brealey, and Amanda Abbington also star.Read More…
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World in Action: A Paul Greengrass Retrospective

With Jason Bourne arriving this week, we’re looking back on the career of director Paul Greengrass. As the person who single-handedly popularized the technique of “shaky cam” for the new millennium, Greengrass has seen his signature style emulated in action films as wide-ranging as Quantum of Solace and Taken 2. While so many of these pictures exploit the visual chaos of handheld camerawork to mask lazy fight choreography, Greengrass has always wielded the aesthetic with visionary purpose, whether that purpose be visceral, political, or both.

Indeed, shaky cam may be Greengrass’ most recognizable trademark, but it is the filmmaker’s purposefulness in confronting social and political issues that most fully unites his work past and present. Prior to making feature films, Greengrass worked for ten years at World in Action, a British investigative current events program known for its forceful and unorthodox journalistic style. Leaving a trail of controversy in its wake,
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